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Helping the Port of London develop a national hydrogen highway network

London Port
Image published with permission of the Port of London Authority

Hydrogen is one of a number of low carbon energy solutions that will be critical for the UK's transition to net zero and could play an important role in helping the maritime sector to decarbonise.

But as with all new technologies, it's vital not only to understand the feasibility of a hydrogen infrastructure within the maritime sector, but also the safety.

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has been successful in securing £1.3m of funding as part of the Smart Maritime Land Operations Call, a Maritime Research and Innovation UK (MarRI-UK) initiative supported by the Department for Transport (DfT), towards a £2.1m project to explore the feasibility of developing a national hydrogen highway network integrating land, sea and port.

How HSE is helping

HSE Research and Consultancy will join the PLA and other partners including OS Energy, University of Strathclyde, University of Kent, ORE Catapult, University of Birmingham and Newcastle Marine Services, in a two year project comprising of six work packages covering aspects such as researching energy diversity, trialling hydrogen power generation for vessels based at the PLA's Denton Wharf, establishing the business case for back hauling hydrogen into central London, optimising ship design and understanding health & safety requirements.

What will we learn?

HSE is leading a work package to define a port case study in order to understand the safety and feasibility of a hydrogen infrastructure. The objective will be to identify the hazards that could be introduced as a result of transporting and using hydrogen in a port environment. This will include determining the types of safeguards that will need to be in place, highlighting any knowledge gaps and making recommendations for further development. HSE will also be a source of technical challenge and advice to other work packages regarding safety considerations.

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